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FAQ: What Can I Drink?

We get this question often: Aside from water what can I drink on a plant-strong diet?

It’s no secret, we do not encourage anyone to drink calories, so are there any no-calorie, no junk added drinks out there? There happens to be PLENTY!

The three Engine 2 Extra Coaches are weighing in today on some of their favorite ways to stay hydrated (aside from plain water)

From Natala: 

I love herbal teas, hot OR cold. Currently some of my favorite teas are a few by “They Republic of Tea“. I was missing hot chocolate as the weather started to get cooler, and found these herbal (no caffeine) teas.



I also love the fall flavored teas that are out: 

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I recently purchased an electric tea kettle, which I absolutely love! It makes having a hot cup of tea anytime I want really easy. I also enjoy tea iced, sometimes I just take a glass of ice water and add a tea bag, and let it sit for a few minutes. Or I will fill up a pitcher of water and ice and throw a few tea bags in and let it sit for a few hours.


One of my other favorite things? Sparkling water! Now there are lots of great (no junk added) sparkling waters out there. But, someone gifted me with a Soda Stream about a year ago, and I love it. You might think that having a soda maker is pointless when you are plant-strong, but I get plenty of use out of mine. I use organic, oil free flavorings to add flavor. It has saved me a lot of money (especially when I figured out you can re-fill the canisters at places like Bed Bath and Beyond Target for not a lot of money) and it has reduced a lot of waste, which I also really like.


What about E2X Coach, Ami?

This rooibos tea has an essence of chocolate and chai – it’s light and lovely for a fall day – I recommend using two tea bags:


water… with bubbles or without – I love sparkling water!


Harney & Sons Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea - Amazing tea I found at Target!



And E2X Coach Char LOVES making flavored water!




  1. Six, 16 ounce glass jars.  If you use bottled pasta sauce, these leftover jars  are fabulous for your infused waters.  I also love using Ball® jars, but more about that later.
  2. A “muddler,” is used to crush fruits and herbs.  When you “muddle,” you allow the flavors to integrate with the water and you get amazing flavors, and quickly.
  3. If you are using herbs (spearmint leaves, basil, romsemary, etc.,), I like to snip them into smaller pieces.
  4. Your favorite fruits and herbs.  If you are using the skin, I would suggest using organic product.  Same for the herbs
  5. Buy a gallon of spring water, or if you have a water filter system, that is fine, too.

I like to use lime, lemon, oranges, grapefruit, carrots, cucumbers, basil, rosemary, lavender, assorted berries, oh, and I cannot forget, GINGER.  I love ginger.


  1. Sort your fruits, veggies and herbs.  Rinse as needed.  Decide how you’d like to begin.  As a beginner, you might want to start simply, and just go with something basic like cucumbers and mint.
  2. Add a given amount of fruit or herb to the bottom of your jar.  With the muddler, gently press and grind the fruit…break them up, not mash them.  For starters, you might want to begin with crushed berries and a citrus fruit.
  3. Cover to the top with ice cubes.  Then, add water, ¾ of the way.  Cover and place in the fridge.
  4. I prefer to label the tops of each jar.
  5. Another favorite is a mélange of lime, orange and grapefruit.  Just hits the spot.  Oh, and grapefruit and rosemary is another favorite, the best you will drink!
  6. You can drink from the jar, or transfer to a glass.  Up to you!

Some people like to strain their waters, but I enjoy and love the color and fruit remnants.  When I am finished, I grab a spoon and eat the fruit.  I also LOVE the colors that are created.  Nature’s colors pack a punch of vitamins for you!


About the author

Natala is the director of communications for Engine 2 Diet, she is also one of our coaches on our support site, Engine 2 Extra. A few years ago, Natala was at the end of her rope. She was on almost 15 medications daily, had out of control Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, issues with nerve damage, and was morbidly obese. She was just over 30 years old. She decided to take her life back by becoming plant-strong. She has lost over 200 pounds, got off of all of her medications and now has great health numbers. Natala plays the violin and studied music therapy. She became passionate about plant-strong nutrition, received her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, a certificate in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently pursuing a degree in nutritional sciences. Natala is also a featured speaker at our Engine 2 Retreats she talks about the reality of our nations obesity epidemic as well as providing practical steps to becoming a healthier person.

8 Responses to “FAQ: What Can I Drink?”

  1. CAC says:

    Does this mean we can’t have caffeine free diet Pepsi?

    • Engine2Team says:

      We do no recommend any diet soda at all. It causes issues with insulin resistance which leads to weigh gain and blood sugar problems.

    • Aran M Cockburn says:

      Diet sodas are a no no….. All those chemicals? Nope, I am diabetic and diet sodas would really spike my sugar levels… And if you’re not diabetic, drinking soda pops with real sugar or artificial sweeteners, you would soon be diabetic…

  2. Sherisse Hartley says:

    For all the Canadian E2er’s I thought I would note that President’s Choice (found at Superstore & Extra Foods) have some yummy herbal teas. My favorite is their Chocolatey Chai herbal tea – yum!

    • Aran M Cockburn says:

      Thanks Sherrise, I’m in Canada and shop at No Frills (Presidents Choice) in the winter when I have wheels and can get to the nearest town… :D

  3. hudsonmama says:

    I really like Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice herbal tea.

  4. Beth says:

    I love making carbonated water at home. I prefer it plain. I got all the equipment to carbonate bottles from a beer supply store. You can refill CO2 at any welding supply shop. It is way cheaper than sodastream, and you can adjust the pressure to make it extra fizzy.

  5. I love the Republic Of Teas Decafe Earl Greyer, Ginger Spice and Hot Apple Cider Tea. Sometimes I will order hot tea at a restaurant when others order a dessert – that way I have something to enjoy as well.

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